The Galapagos Islands are a paradise on Earth, admired for their incomparable beauty and diversity of species. Due to the scientific and environmental relevance of the islands, it is necessary to comply with certain requirements to be able to enter. These measures, which have been taken by the different institutions responsible for the management and administration of the archipelago, are indispensable to maintain all conservation programs and to control the tourist impact in the area.
As well as finding a Galapagos hotel or booking tours and excursions, it is very important to check in advance what are the documents and fees to pay, in order to enter the islands without problems.
To enter the Galapagos you need the passport that you used to enter Ecuador. All Latin American countries (except Cuba), as well as the European Union and the United States do not need any tourist visa. The maximum stay allowed in the country is 90 days.
When you are going to take a plane from Quito or Guayaquil you must pay in advance at the airport the Galapagos traffic control fee that has a cost of 20 USD at the INGALA stand (Instituto Nacional Galápagos), so, it is recommended to be at the airport 2 to 3 hours before the flight. This rate is the same for nationals and foreigners and the document is valid for 3 months.
Once the flight is landed on the islands, you must pay the entrance to the Galapagos National Park, which has a cost of 100 USD for foreign tourists not resident in Ecuador, 50 USD for foreign tourists from the countries belonging to the Andean Community of Nations or Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru) and 6 USD for nationals or foreign tourists residing in Ecuador.
It is important to keep both documents until the Galapagos stay concludes and have them available as they may be required during the trip.
We hope this information has helped you plan your next adventure in this amazing place. Remember that if you are looking for a Galapagos hotel, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! If you need advice to prepare your documents and organize your Galapagos tours, do not hesitate to contact us. Write to [email protected] and we will be happy to answer all your requests.